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Old 03-15-2012, 10:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cheapchi View Post
I agree on all your major points.

My take on what happened in your video clip is the following:
The individual was embarrassed being called out in front of a large crowd and had to try and save face (no pun intended) by returning a smart comment.

Hind sight being 20/20, perhaps things would have turned out differently if someone had put on their mask, jogged over to her and her friend, and said, "Ma'am, I'd hate for your great day of paintball to be ruined by a direct shot to your face. Please put your mask on. Thanks!".

The delivery method is just as important as the message itself.

For some this may seem too "nice" but if the end result is that she understands the purpose of the rule and the concern of her fellow players, then it was worth the forced consumption of one's pride.
It wasn't the person with the mask off that made the comment. It was someone in a group beside the OP's group.

Also, I don't think it's a matter of being "nice" or not. It takes a lot longer to run over to someone than it does to shout, and in that time anything can happen. Now, if you wanted to shout then run over and chat up the ladies, that's a different story.

I agree that safety is everyone's responsibility. Even if there wasn't the potential for political backlash, there's just the fact that if someone has to go to the hospital it's going to ruin everyones day.

How people at one moment can take a shot and complain about how much it stings, and at another be walking around without eye protection is beyond me.
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